As America's only island state, Hawaii is marked with a lush landscape, a mild climate and many animal species that are entirely unique to the islands. Hawaii consists of eight major islands that were formed by volcanic activity centuries ago. For many years, Hawaii was the home of profitable sugar and pineapple exports; today, the island's economy relies on a steady influx of tourists. Beyond the state's natural attractions, Hawaii is also home to cultural experiences, including musical festivals, art shows and much more.
- Honolulu, Hawaii in Honolulu, HI
This annual December event welcomes tens of thousands to participate in the 26.2 mile foot race that begins in Waikiki and finishes at historic Diamond Head. Considered one of the most highly attended marathons in the country, the route provides runners with the chance to travel along the spectacular coast on beaches, through parks and past monuments. Watching the event costs nothing, but participating requires an entrance fee.
Locals and guests alike ring in the New Year island style in the glamorous city by venturing to the Aloha Tower Marketplace for a variety of special events. Watch a dazzling fireworks display over the harbor, see art and plant exhibits, enjoy the live music, giveaways and carnivals in anticipation of midnight.
- work P.O. Box 8494 Honolulu, HI 96830 Map It in Honolulu, HI
This extravagant weekend May event not only celebrates the cultures and heritage of the islands, but also invites people from Alaska and as far away as Okinawa to share traditions with locals and visitors. Athletes, dancers, musicians and other artists demonstrate their talents and traditions through arts and crafts, food, music and live demonstrations. All people representing the Asia-Pacific region come to learn about and share each other's customs, history and traditions. The festivities also include a Grand Parade through Waikiki.
- Molokai / Waikiki, Hawaii in Molokai, HI
In October, approximately 1,000 athletes arrive, form teams and participate in this traditional canoe race that journeys 41 miles across open ocean in a test of endurance, strength and courage. The men's race begins at the Hale O Lono Harbor and finishes at Duke Kahanamoku Beach. The race commemorates the traditional form of island transportation and represents one of the oldest sporting events in the state.